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post #1 of 75 (permalink) Old 12-11-2018, 11:50 AM Thread Starter
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2009 F550 DTA360 Build

To start I have to say I love the powerstrokes and have ran hundreds of thousands of miles with minor issues. That being said I had a scare with my current truck and decided it was time to build the truck I want. My current truck is a 09 F550 6.4 auto cc 4x4, this is a railroad truck with all the decals, vinyl seats and floors, manual locks windows, only options are Cruise and AC. I searched for a long time to find my exact truck with low miles, I did a full delete as soon as I got it home with Spartan Tunes. I have put just over 50k on the truck heavy loads with equipment and hay, with not an issue, last week running back from a hay run I hear a pop like a turbo boot coming off and look back to see a cloud of white smoke pouring from my truck, I immediately shut it down, fearing the worst, I got it towed to the shop (first time in my life I've ever went to a mechanic). Having no truck for two weeks and needing to deliver hay and pick up stock is not acceptable. I set my sites on making my truck at home fixable with my skills and tools, I've been researching swaps since I started looking for this truck. Power, reliability, cheap and easy to find bolt on parts were at the top of the list.

Over the weekend I drove 5 hours each way to pickup a 93 international school bus, just over 107k miles on the clock, DTA360 motor planted right up front. After a quick look over drove it the 5 hours home hoping I had made a good purchase. No issues on the drive at all, actually only used 1 tank of fuel at interstate speeds. I woke up bright and early to give it a good inspection, to my surprise, no leaks or any problems whatsoever, even the tires are above 80% in tread, let the tear-down and build begin.

Got a call fist thing this morning, my truck had a bad injector O-ring, with all new o-rings, and some other small parts I had more money in this one fix than in the whole bus and trip there and back plus some, mechanic said my motor looks like new inside and was impressed by how clean everything was, I went ahead with the fix so I can drive it while I collect the rest of my parts. To me this also means I can sell the motor and make up some for the swap when the time comes.

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07 4x4 F350 XLT CC LWB SRW 6.0 Auto bone stock except for 4" turbo back exhaust

Early 99 4x4 F350 XLT CC LWB 6 speed SRW rear air bags Tymar mod, (BLACK) 4" turbo back, DP F5 stock-60 tow-80 econ-120 race- 140 ext, CCV mod, Auto meter guages, and the best mod of all new cup holder (TOTALED RIP)
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07 4x4 F350 XLT CC LWB SRW 6.0 Auto bone stock except for 4" turbo back exhaust

Early 99 4x4 F350 XLT CC LWB 6 speed SRW rear air bags Tymar mod, (BLACK) 4" turbo back, DP F5 stock-60 tow-80 econ-120 race- 140 ext, CCV mod, Auto meter guages, and the best mod of all new cup holder (TOTALED RIP)
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Re: 2009 F550 DTA360 Build

My biggest hurdle is going to be the transfer case, lots of reading other builds, I have decided to either marry my NV271 or get a 2.5 ton t-case. There have been several 271's done so the specs are out there. I would build 2 adapters in case one failed. I like the idea of the 2.5 ton t-case and the air shifter, I just can't find dimensions specs or clocking information on them. If I can pick one up cheap I might just play around with it and resale if I don't keep it. Benefit to the 2.5 ton is the strength and its divorced, cons it huge and heavy.

The motor might be adjusted a bit for increase power, but not much, this is a work truck and tows 70% of the time, I need torque which the DTA360 has plenty in that dept.

07 4x4 F350 XLT CC LWB SRW 6.0 Auto bone stock except for 4" turbo back exhaust

Early 99 4x4 F350 XLT CC LWB 6 speed SRW rear air bags Tymar mod, (BLACK) 4" turbo back, DP F5 stock-60 tow-80 econ-120 race- 140 ext, CCV mod, Auto meter guages, and the best mod of all new cup holder (TOTALED RIP)
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Re: 2009 F550 DTA360 Build

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Re: 2009 F550 DTA360 Build

sound like a good properly planned project.

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Thanks, I've not always been this prepared and it has bitten me more than once. I was looking at bus today, I need to get the majority of it to the scrap yard quick so my wife doesnt bury me in it. I crawled underneath and was suprised at how the body attaches to frame, it makes me nervous now to put my kids on one everyday. There are just several t brackets that bolt from body over frame with a single bolt. I couldn't find anything else holding it together. Good for me a quick job for the torch this weekend then I will get body off the frame.
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07 4x4 F350 XLT CC LWB SRW 6.0 Auto bone stock except for 4" turbo back exhaust

Early 99 4x4 F350 XLT CC LWB 6 speed SRW rear air bags Tymar mod, (BLACK) 4" turbo back, DP F5 stock-60 tow-80 econ-120 race- 140 ext, CCV mod, Auto meter guages, and the best mod of all new cup holder (TOTALED RIP)
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Re: 2009 F550 DTA360 Build

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Drove the bus to work today just for the hell of it, motors starts and runs great even in cold weather. Got shop cleaned out today, this weekend will start bus teardown. I'm taking body off the bus and hauling to scrap to recoup the bus cost.

I'm going to keep rolling chassis with drivers cockpit till I'm ready to take everything I want from bus. Still reading on everything I want to swap over, idler knob, fuel shutoff, air cleaner, for sure getting used, the aftercooler radiator split is very interesting and would save a bunch of space if I use it.

07 4x4 F350 XLT CC LWB SRW 6.0 Auto bone stock except for 4" turbo back exhaust

Early 99 4x4 F350 XLT CC LWB 6 speed SRW rear air bags Tymar mod, (BLACK) 4" turbo back, DP F5 stock-60 tow-80 econ-120 race- 140 ext, CCV mod, Auto meter guages, and the best mod of all new cup holder (TOTALED RIP)
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Started disassembly of the bus, scrap yard pays best price if there is no foam or covers on seats and windows removed, so got all that done. Started removing bolts that hold body to frame, 25 years of road dirt on the bolts made that slow going. I did get front cab section unbolted from the chassis and opened up rear motor cover. I can get good measurements from all the motor angles now.
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07 4x4 F350 XLT CC LWB SRW 6.0 Auto bone stock except for 4" turbo back exhaust

Early 99 4x4 F350 XLT CC LWB 6 speed SRW rear air bags Tymar mod, (BLACK) 4" turbo back, DP F5 stock-60 tow-80 econ-120 race- 140 ext, CCV mod, Auto meter guages, and the best mod of all new cup holder (TOTALED RIP)
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